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Curriki

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Curriki LogoCurriki is more than your average website; we're a community of educators, learners and committed education experts who are working together to create quality materials that will benefit teachers and students around the world.

Curriki is an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Our name is a play on the combination of 'curriculum' and 'wiki' which is the technology we're using to make education universally accessible.

Edutopia

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edutopia logoEdutopia is the tangible embodiment of the George Lucas Educational Foundation vision. Through the Edutopia.org Web site, we spread the word about ideal, interactive learning environments and enable others to adapt these successes locally. Edutopia.org contains a deep archive of continually updated best practices, from classroom tips to recommendations for districtwide change. Allied with a dedicated audience that actively contributes success stories from the field, our mission relies on input and participation from schools and communities.

Lessonopoly

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Lessonopoly LogoTeachable Moment: Lessonopoly is a great collection of lesson plans and multimedia.

Welcome to Lessonopoly! We are an open educational resource aiming to make life a little easier for busy educators like you. Lessonopoly is a free software portal developed by Silicon Valley Education Foundation. This site was created with constant input from teachers to deliver a set of effective and easy to use tools, even for teachers who do not have time to learn new technologies. Lessonopoly empowers teachers to organize activities inside and outside the classroom, create and share lesson plans, and connect to other teachers by building online communities. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation works across the boundaries of all 33 school districts in Santa Clara County to ensure public schools have the resources and expertise they need to ensure our students succeed. Take a look around and let us know what you think! E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

References: http://lessonopoly.org/

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BetterLessons.org

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Better Lesson LogoTeachable Moment: Great community of teachers sharing lesson plans etc. 

BetterLesson was founded by a group of teachers from Atlanta and Boston public schools to connect educators and help them create, organize, and share their curricula. We are focused on aggregating and scaling the most innovative content and practices from high-performing teachers across the country.

References: http://www.betterlesson.org/

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Occam's Razor

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Teachable Moment: Occam's razor has many applications but recently I used it as a coach for a First Lego League team.  The children were making increasingly complex Lego contraptions and in order to reign them in, I introduced the concept of Occam's razor which didn't dismiss their complex efforts but challenged them to think of simpler solutions.  After a while, all I had to do was simply say "is this consistent with Occam's razor" and they'd go back and find a better solution.

From Wikipedia: Occam's razor (or Ockham's razor[1]), often expressed in Latin as the lex parsimoniae, translating to law of parsimony, law of economy or law of succinctness, is a principle which generally recommends selecting the competing hypothesis that makes the fewest new assumptions, when the hypotheses are equal in other respects.[2] For instance, they must both sufficiently explain available data in the first place.

References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occam's_razor

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NAIS Sustainability Web Resources

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NAIS logoTeachable Moment: NAIS has pulled together a great collection of resources for teachers interested in sustainability.  Well worth poking around this web site and signing up for the Listserve.

Schools need to work toward environmental sustainability by becoming more green, reducing school and personal carbon footprints, promoting a commitment to life-long environmental responsibility, and incorporating environmental education into the curriculum

References: http://www.nais.org/go/green

The Cloud Institute

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cloud institute for sustainability educationTeachable Moment: Highly recommended web site for teaching sustainability.  I haven't used it myself so would be interested in others experience with it.

Einstein once said, “[t]he significant problems we face cannot be solved with the same level of thinking we used to create them.” Education for Sustainability (EfS) is our contribution to cultivating that different way of thinking.

RAFT - Resource Area For Teaching

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RAFT ImageTeachable Moment: If you're a science teacher in the SF Bay Area, this is an amazing resource.

The Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) started with an idea. What if:

Every child could get excited about learning through collaborative "hands-on" activities?

Every educator could obtain low-cost materials and the training to use them in "hands-on" projects?

21st Century learning skills developed through "hands-on" education could become pervasive and improve educational outcomes?

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GE Carbon Footprint Calculator

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carbon-footprintTeachable Moment: It is often hard to communicate the carbon impact of our decisions because it is often a third or fourth order calculation and an abstract concept.  This web site provides a powerful visual engine for understanding the carbon impact of our every day decisions.

Every action, every event, every person, everything emits a certain amount of carbon, but putting it in perspective can be a bit tough. As part of our focus this week on the home energy technologies on display at the Consumer Electronics Show, GE has again partnered with author and designer David McCandless to create an interactive data visualization that examines some of those scenarios.

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